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Galaxy knocks out Earthquakes
by Paul Kennedy, November 8th, 2012 1:52AM

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[MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: San Jose Los Angeles] The San Jose Earthquakes' looked to be in the driver's seat against the Los Angeles Galaxy after winning, 1-0, at the Home Depot Center, but Supporters' Shield champions gave up three goals to the Galaxy in the first half of the second leg and lost, 3-1, to go out 3-2 on aggregate.

-- The turning point came early in the 12th minute when Honduran Victor Bernandez went off with a sprained right knee and was replaced by Ike Opara.

-- Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, who had both been quiet for much of the first leg, tormented the Quakes' backline. The Galaxy played with an energy absent in the first leg and scored three goals in 18 minutes in the first half.

-- Keane scored with a shot off the far post as Opara failed to close him down. Donovan then set up Keane and Mike Magee for goals to put the Galaxy up two on aggregate.

-- The Quakes had scored 10 goals against Los Angeles in their first four meetings -- three wins and one draw -- but could only put one goal from Alan Gordon past Josh Saunders.

-- Chris Wondolowski, who tied an MLS record with 27 goals in the regular season, was held scoreless in the conference semifinals. “I know right off the bat I had three very good chances,” he said. “I missed all three, and I let the team down.”

Nov. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.
San Jose 1 Los Angeles 3. Goals: Keane (Magee) 21, Keane (Donovan, Meyer) 34, Magee (Donovan, Franklin) 39; Gordon (Morrow) 82.
San Jose -- Busch, Beitashour (Gordon, 74), Hernandez, Bernardez (Opara, 13), Morrow, Cronin, Chavez, Dawkins, Baca (Salinas, 58), Lenhart, Wondolowski.
Los Angeles -- Saunders, Dunivant, Franklin, Meyer, Gonzalez, Juninho, Magee, Donovan, Beckham (Sarvas, 75), Buddle (Wilhelmsson, 60), Keane.
Referee: Kevin Stott.
Att.:
10,744.



3 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: November 8, 2012 at 9:26 a.m.
    The MLS seeding goes out of the window.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: November 8, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.
    Injury to centerback Bernardez significantly weakened SJ down the middle...LD showed up and Keane et al delivered.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: November 8, 2012 at 6:18 p.m.
    Indeed, the Galaxians got an ice cold bucket of wake up jolt and played like they should always - well, almost always - play. Lenhart is quite a cry baby and quite an actor, Wondolowsky may have gotten the goal scorer thing-a-ma-thing, but sure wasn't very impressive (maybe this is why Klinsmann is reluctant to call him up?) and yet, the "Quakes looked way out of their first-place finish look..." Now let's see if the LAG will continue on...


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